Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, most importantly the match was tough enough to hold the nerve. Djokovic overcame the uncertainties with a hard win of 6-7,6-4,7-6,5-7,6-4 and three hours and 56 minutes match.
Before this astonishing win, Djokovic had lost his last three major finals and hadn’t won a Slam since 2013 Australian Open. May be that was the key to his success. There is no doubt about his excellence. He was making finals and winning smaller titles, which made him a great player still. But like all other greats, at the most important times in the biggest matches, Djokovic was caving.
On Wimbledon final, for a while it looked like that pattern will continue.
During this crucial final, Djokovic found himself surrendering leads again and again to in-form Federer. At the beginning, he was up two sets to one and had even a 5-2 lead in the fourth set. But he couldn’t hold on his standing. He always remains so vulnerable at Federer’s serve as Djokovic lost five consecutive games and failed to convert one championship point on that.
But it was Novak Djokovic who refused to fold and finally won the title.
That year he won his first 41 matches before the defeat came in French open semifinals again Roger Federer.
Since then, remaining towards the top of the game he added a third and fourth Australian Open title, but he hasn’t been able to recapture his 2011 performances. Nadal beat him three Slam finals, Murrey beat him two Slam finals and most notably he looked lost and frustrated in the biggest matches.
But Djokovic never gave up despite all these high profile losses.
He was toiling hard to make him perfect.
At the beginning of this year the great Boris Becker joined his team to get him some mental edge for achieving the ultimate goal. But it didn’t seem to pay off quickly as Djokovic lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian open to Stan Wawrinka and in the French open final to Rafael Nadal.
Now, let’s get back to the Wimbledon final, this year and it was against seven-time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer and the score was 2-2. In the final set, Novak Djokovic showed his talents, he showed he can beat the champion. He finally converted his championship point.
He lifted his arms to the heavens, swiftly jogged to the net to embrace Federer and then kneeled down to taste the Wimbledon’s sweet grass!
Then he ran to his box embrace his team and also Boris Becker. Their partnership had paid off at last.
After winning the title Djokovic told the press,
“I realized, you know, what I’ve been through mentally to get through to this point.”
For now Djokovic has once again put himself at the top of the tennis world. He didn’t need to play his best for this to prove that he is the best.
From his speech, it was clear that he was happy playing a great match. And he is expecting a lot of positive things about the Rome Masters final. Nadal thinks that match as a good confirmation of playing better with the forehand flying and top spins.
It will be the eighth crown for the Spaniard in the Italian capital. On the contrary it was a slightly more circuitous route for his Serb adversary as to play the fifth Rome Masters final.
But definitely Novak Djokovic is the world’s no. two right now. At the past game, he was out on court nearly three hours against Canada’s Milos Raonic. But he prevailed eventually in three sets 6-7 (7/5) 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.
“It was a big win, it gives me a lot of strength and belief that I hope I can carry into tomorrow’s final and the rest of the season”
Errani has taken her game to another level. She must be having a lot of confidence having beaten two really good Top 10 players. And William needs to do a lot of work to beat her as everyone believes Errani has nothing to lose.
Along with enormous joy associated with tennis itself, there are a number of fantastic stars of this sport who’ve risen to celebrity status. Those interested in tennis will be au fait with stars of the court such as Andy Murray and Caroline Wozniacki, the stars who have enjoyed plenty of commercial success over the years. Even for those who don’t have any idea about tennis, there are numerous names for them and it seems virtually impossible to escape with the figures like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Venus and Serena Williams firmly in the international spotlight. However, it’s the well-known names in tennis who’ve made the millions from both their games and celebrity sports endorsement deals.
Prize money may not be the largest income sources for these tennis stars, but success in the Grand Slams is very much crucial for raising the rank. As the players climb the ranking, they become increasingly attractive to world famous brands and that’s when they’ll start earning the big bucks.
Here is the list of top 10 richest tennis players of the World:
Top 10 richest tennis players in the world:
10. Caroline Wozniacki
Prize money: $16 million
World Ranking: 12 (August 11, 2014)
Age: 24 years
Lives in: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Past and present sponsors: Adidas, Yonex, Rolex, Proactiv, Sony Ericsson
At just 24, the former world No 1 was the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top spot,despite being yet to win a grand slam. Caroline Wozniacki was named 9th most marketable athlete in the world in 2011.
Despite her young age, she has already built up an impressive relationship with the sponsors-she has become the face of Stella McCartney’s tennis line for Adidas in 2009, signed a contract of three years to endorse Turkish Airlines’ business class service and released her own line of underwear in September 2012.
9. Agnieszka Radwańska
Prize money: $16.4 million
Current world ranking: 5 (August 18, 2014)
Age: 25 years
Lives in: Krakow, Poland
Past and present sponsors: Rado, Lexus, Lotto sport italia, Babolat, Amica, Play
On July 2012, Radwanska achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No 2. She is the first Polish player ever to reach the singles final of 2012 Wimbledon Championships. In 2006, she won the WTA award for most Impressive Newcomer.
For her achievements in tennis and for representing Poland with distinction, she was awarded “the Gold Cross of Merit” by the Polish President.
8. Li Na
Prize money: $16.5 million
Current world ranking: 3 (August 11, 2014)
Age: 32 years
Lives in: Wuhan, Hubei, China
Past and present sponsors: Visa, Häagen-Dazs, Samsung, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Babolat
She is the first and only Asian to win a grand slam singles. Li Na is seen as a strong role model across Asia and increasingly the rest of the world. In 2011, Li Na reached the finals of two grand slams and won the titles in French Open. Her winning led to seven three-year multimillion-dollar endorsement deals. She has been backed by Nike for years, but as her ranking has risen, so has demand for Li Na’s endorsement amongst the biggest global brands as well as multiple Chinese companies. She also graced the cover of Time magazine, which placed her as one of only four athletes on the list of 100 most influential people of the world.
7. Venus Williams
Prize money: $29 million
Current world ranking: 20 (11 August, 2014)
Age: 34 years
Lives in: Linwood, California, USA
Past and present sponsors: Wilson, Electronic Arts, Ralph Lauren, Kraft, American Express, Tide.
Venus Williams has a sizeable fortune of her own both from endorsement and prize money. She was one of the main campaigners for equal prize money for men and women at Wimbledon. With 21 Grand Slam titles she has been in the world no 1 ranking three times. Venus designs her own clothing line,” Eleven” and not only that, she has her own interior design company named “V Starr Interior”. She has also written various books, the latest one names as “Come to win”.
6. Maria Sharapova
Prize money: $30 million
Current world ranking: 6 (4 August, 2014)
Age: 27 years
Lives in: Florida, USA
Past and present sponsors: Nike, Evian, Head, Samsung, Motorolla, Land Rover, Tag Heuer
The golden girl of tennis, Maria Sharapova has unsurprisingly been particularly attractive to world famous sponsors. Her biggest endorsement is with Nike and in 2010 she re-signed with this global brand in an eight-years deal. That dealing could earn her over $70 million. She has her own collection for Nike’s subsidiary fashion level, Cole Hann. Sharapova’s ballet flat is Cole Haan’s best-selling female shoe ever.
5. Andy Murray
Prize money: $32 million
Current world ranking: 9 (18 August, 2014)
Age: 27 years
Lives in: London, England
Past and present sponsors: Adidas, Head rackets, Highland Spring, Jaguar, Fred Perry, Rado watches
The value of Andy Murray soared after his US open win in 2012. After being a member of elite Grand Slam winners club, Andy Murray suddenly became much more marketable and then after becoming 2013 Wimbledon Champion his marketing potential is set to go through the roof.
In 2009, he signed up to a five year deal with Adidas, which became one of his largest sponsors that worth $4-5 million per year. From the Swiss watch company, Rado, he earns seven-figure sponsorship money.
4. Serena Williams
Prize money: $56 million
Current world ranking: 1 (11 August, 2014)
Age: 32 years
Lives in: Florida, USA
Past and present sponsors: Nike, Wilson, OPI, Puma, Hewlett-Packard, Tampax, Gatorade
The younger William sister is currently ranking No 1 in the world for the seventh time in her career. Serena Williams has earned the most career prize money than any female athlete in the history of sports and also has a wide range of outside business ventures.
In 2009, Serena launched her own line of handbags and jewellery, but most of her endorsements have been thanks to the joint Williams brand. With her sister,Venus, she has co-written a book “ Venus and Serena: Serving from the hip: 10 rules for living, loving and winning”. The Williams sisters also own a share of the Miami Dolphins, the American football team they have supported since childhood.
3. Novak Djokovic:
Prize money: $65 million
Current world ranking: 1(18 August, 2014)
Age: 27 years
Lives in: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Past and present sponsors: Mercedes-Benz, Audemars Piguet, Fitline, Srbija, Sergio Tacchini
Despite his No 1 world ranking, Novak Djokovic has earned less in endorsement than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. However, since 2011 he has won six Grand Slams and earned $30 million prize money alone. In the same year, he signed endorsement deals with Audemars Piguet and Mercedes-Benz. Djokovic left his clothing sponsor Italian brand Sergio Tacchini in 2012 and announced as global ambassador for Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo for five years.
The current world no 1, Djokovic grabs no 3 position in our list of top 10 richest tennis players and it wouldn’t be long enough to see him with more money as well as with more sponsors.
2. Rafael Nadal
Prize money: $70 million
Current World ranking: 2(7 July, 2014)
Age: 28 years
Lives in: Mallorca, Spain
Past and present sponsors: Lanvin, Nike, Emporio Armani, Richard Mille, Kia Motors
The “King of Clay” has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles as well as a Gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympic. It was unfortunate for Rafa that a knee injury kept him out of London in 2012 and off the courts for seven months. That injury made him suffer both in terms of ranking and prize money. Nevertheless, Rafa still has plenty to flash thanks to his endorsements.
Famous watch making brand Richard Mille have released two Nadal signature timepieces, the latest of which costs $690,000. In April 2009, Nadal became the face of Lanvin’s L’Homme Sport cologne and taking the reins from football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, he has become the face of Emporio Armani underwear and Armani Jeans in 2011.
In our list of top 10 richest tennis players, Rafael Nadal remains in second position.
1. Roger Federer
Prize money: $84 million
Current world ranking: 3 (18 August, 2014)
Age: 32 years
Lives in: Bottmingen, Switzerland
Past and present sponsors: Gillette, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Jura, NetJets, , Moët & Chandon
Roger Federer is the world’s second highest paid athlete, beaten only by the golfer Tiger Woods. Roger Federer is the record-holder for the most Grand Slam wins (an impressive 17) and for longest period in the top (302 weeks) position. Roger Federer holds the no 1 position on our list of top 10 richest tennis players of the world.
Federer appears to be a solid investment for the brands as unlike others he’s never been out of action from injury for a long time. Many of his endorsement dealings have signed for ten years and his sponsors collectively pay him more than $40 million annually.